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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

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The Twitter Paradox: How A Platform Designed For Free Speech Enables Internet Trolls

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

Charlie Warzel, who covers technology for BuzzFeed, has written a series of articles about Twitter's response to hate speech. He says the platform's community guidelines are enforced haphazardly.

Harassed On Twitter: 'People Need To Know The Reality Of What It's Like Out There'

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:43:00 -0400

After he criticized Trump and the alt right, National Review writer David French was bombarded with hateful tweets — including an image of his child in a gas chamber. "It was unbelievable," he says.

Many 'Worn Out' By Campaign, Survey Of Social Media Users Shows

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:28:00 -0400

A Pew Research Center survey says most Americans on social media are stressed out by online political interactions — and those feelings appear to be bipartisan.

WATCH: Obama Reads 'Mean Tweets' — Including One From Trump

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:47:00 -0400

President Obama returned to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. He took 140-character admonishments for his dancing, his alleged condiment preferences and someone else's poor choice of conditioner.

It Ain't Me, Babe: Researchers Find Flaws In Police Facial Recognition Technology

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:38:00 -0400

Nearly half of American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, a new report shows. But problems with the accuracy of the technology could affect innocent people.

20 Years Later, Humans Still No Match For Computers On The Chessboard

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:36:00 -0400

IBM's Deep Blue beat chess great Garry Kasparov in 1997. Humans and computers play the game differently, but have computers taught humans much about the game?

The Next Generation Of Local, Low-Power FM Stations Expands In Urban Areas

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

The next wave of low power FM stations is coming on the air. Initially restricted to rural areas because of interference concerns, nearly 2,000 new stations have been approved — many in urban areas.

Police Facial Recognition Databases Log About Half Of Americans

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400

A new report from Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy and Technology says all it takes is a driver's license to be included in the searchable databases. Rachel Martin talks to co-author Alvaro Bedoya.

Voice Actors Strike Against Video Game Companies

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.

'Internet Of Things' Hacking Attack Led To Widespread Outage Of Popular Websites

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon talk with NPR technology reporter Alina Selyukh about the internet outages that disrupted major U.S. websites on Friday.

WikiLeaks Dump Method: Sociologist Says Not All Leaked Passes Public Interest Test

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:10:00 -0400

Scott Simon talks to Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about the perils of mass information releases, like the latest Clinton campaign email leak.

Major Websites Experience Outages In Apparent Online Attack

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:28:00 -0400

A number of major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, were knocked out of service for parts of the day in a sprawling, sophisticated online attack.

Tiny Vessels Make Much Noise: Listen To Ants As They Walk

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:58:00 -0400

The everyday ant seldom gets close enough to a microphone to be amplified and heard but 'The World According to Sound' podcast manages to let us listen to the insects as they go about their day.

'Dot': How A Little Girl Uses Technology To Interact With The World

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to former Silicon Valley tycoon Randi Zuckerberg about her new animated children's television show, 'Dot.'

New Pediatrics Study Relaxes Rules On Screen Time For Children

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:18:00 -0400

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with reporter Katherine Hobson about the American Academy of Pediatrics' latest recommendations on screen time for children, and how parents can better manage it.